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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, November

Annika Eriksson
ANDREHN-SCHIPTJENKO Annika Eriksson's exhibition here in 1996 comprised a single film projection, Stockholm Postmen's Orchestra. Footage showed an amateur band playing away merrily, the musicians all postal workers who had assembled in the gallery...
Anthony Discenza
JENNJOY GALLERY Video is the only visual medium with no artifact. Television isn't there in the set; it's just an invisible signal, broadcast over cables and through the air into bedrooms and bars, where-at the flick of a switch--its hungry ghosts...
A Thousand Words
Jim Shaw TALKS ABOUT HIS DREAM PROJECT I dreamed I was in a Japanese gallery and the first room was filled with miniature landscapes with veils over them, and fans were blowing the veils. That room led into a hallway that looked like a Polynesian...
Cathy De Monchaux
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN It is entirely fitting that Cathy de Monchaux creates sculptural constructions specifically to be installed in corners of rooms. Her objects do not just hang on the wall or sit on the floor: They lurk, lying...
Christopher Williams
LE MAGASIN, GRENOBLE For example: What relationship is there between a French car from the '6os, a Japanese student posing for a fashion photo in 1993, papayas (of the Carica papaya Linne sort), and a dishwasher tray filled with brightly colored...
Claudio Guarino
ARTRA Continuing with his methodology of melodrama and reinterpretation, Claudio Guarino has dedicated an exhibition to the century-old opera Tosca. But there was no trace of Puccini's music, for the artist chose instead to play with the narrative...
Curtain Call
With the nearing of the new century, Richard Artschwager made a double return, both to his teenage years in New Mexico and to his art of the 1950S, the period before he hit on the vein that he has mined to such rich effect for forty years. THE ART...
"Cy Twombly: The Sculpture"
KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL "One must desire the ultimate essence even if it is 'contaminated,"' Cy Twombly proclaimed in a rare published statement in 1957. The year is significant, for he had just begun a twenty-year leave from sculpture to focus on painting....
Ellen Berkenblit
ANTON KERN GALLERY Drawings seem to pour out of Ellen Berkenbilt like daydreams. That sense of flow comes not just from her prolific, almost diaristic production of small works on paper (as well as paintings, which are of course more elaborate)...
Eva Marisaldi
MASSIMO DE CARLO/ MART Tristan, 2000, is a video game in the form of an animated cartoon depicting typical situations in the everyday life of a young girl, Fede, and a boy, Tristan. These characters are visualized as balls of different colors that...
Feud for Thought
SINCE EARLY MAY, the Sao Paulo Bienal has been embroiled in perhaps the greatest crisis since its inception in 1951. Originally scheduled to open last April, the 25th Bienal was postponed twice, the curator walked out, and six council members resigned,...
Florian Pumhosl
WIENER SECESSION Florian Pumhosl's relationship to modernity has nothing to do with the widespread artistic historicism that playfully borrows modernist forms and ideas and uses them, "purified" of utopian and universalistic pretensions, for ironic...
"Force Fields: Phases of the Kinetic"
MUSEU D'ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA Kinetic art suffered the unhappy fate of a flash in the pan. Drawing crowds and saturating the art market for a brief moment in the mid-'60s (at least in Europe), it faded from sight as rapidly as it had burst...
Frank Talk
THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE KASPER KONIG anymore, and maybe for Daniel Birnbaum that's a good thing. Asked about the choice of Birnbaum to succeed him as director of the Stadelschule art academy in Frankfurt, Konig blithely remarks that he'd preferred...
Giuseppe Penone
MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY The idea that art's illusions of life can confuse with the real thing has ancient roots: in the Pygmalion myth; in the story of Zeuxis's painted grapes (mistakenly pecked at by birds); even in painting's very beginnings, when...
Hello, Columbus
"The role of this institution is not to be a collector but rather a producer of culture," explains Carlos Basualdo of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus. He has just been appointed chief curator of exhibitions, replacing...
Hotlist
ARTFORUM IS SUCH AN UN-NEEN MAGAZINE. (If you don't know what that means, go to www.neen.org immediately.) A structure as clean as the proverbial brightly lit cube and heavy on heavy-duty content, the magazine's as big, classic, and white as the Acropolis....
Jenny Gage
LUHRING AUGUSTINE A dark-haired figure leans against a car, her long mane streaming sideways in the breeze, the word "Racing" stamped on her baby blue tank top over her heart. Another girl--or perhaps the same one--stands before a window, pulling...
Jonah Freeman
ANDREW KREPS Jonah Freeman examines American living spaces as though he were an anthropologist noting surprising details of an alien tribe's dwellings. For his recent exhibition, Freeman created works inspired by the fact and idea of gated communities,...
Jonathan Horowitz
It is a truism nowadays that television not only brings us the world but helps fashion it as well. Think of 1998's The Truman Show, whose protagonist is the star of a TV program without knowing it: All that he surveys--even the sky above his head--...
Juan Pablo Ballester
GALERIA RAY GUN Spain, which during the Franco era forced its political dissidents into exile, has more recently become a land of asylum. This transformation has aroused conflicts, however, especially those generated by politicians who promote racism...
Letters
GREEN MOVEMENT To the Editor: In crediting the influence of Clement Greenberg for the change of art writing from the "moody prose published in Art News" to a more pragmatic style, your reviewer of Amy Newman's Challenging Art: Artforum 1962-1974...
Marcel Dzama
DAVID ZWIRNER Marcel Dzama's drawings are like frozen moments from dreams and nightmares. The twenty-six-year-old Canadian continues to add to his voluminous output of simple ink-and-watercolor drawings of various human and animal characters. In...
Mark Manders
DRAWING CENTER/GREENE NAFTALI Dutch artist Mark Manders's recent installation at the Drawing Center's Drawing Room was one of the most unassuming and compelling exhibitions of contemporary art in recent memory. Simple graphite drawings were tacked...
Max Dean
SUSAN HOBBS GALLERY Since the '70s, Max Dean's interactive installations have solicited the active participation of viewers, calling. on them to perform (or refrain from performing) particular actions that will determine the outcome of a changing...
"Media_city Seoul 2000"
SEOUL, KOREA "No city changes as quickly... None has so short a memory or is so heartless to itself; it has an inhuman quality." Fifty years ago that was New York (in the eyes of journalist John Gunther), which now seems cautious and intimate compared...
"Mixing Memory and Desire"
KUNSTMUSEUM The more virtuality encroaches on daily life, the more art seems to want to reassure itself of its real space by way of exhibition architecture. The new Kunstmuseum Luzern, housed within Jean Nouvel's Kultur- und Kongresszentrum (Culture...
Oh, Grow Up
ASKED TO COMMENT on the recent ad campaign he shot for Versace, Steven Meisel tells me it was all about "extravagance. Over-the-top LA excessiveness--is that a word?" Not that fashion hasn't often trafficked in opulence. But Meisel, perhaps best known...
Raymond Pettibon
REGEN PROJECTS Encircled by an inky Stonehenge of noses hangs one of the most seemingly innocuous drawings in Raymond Pettibon's amazing new show: a title page torn from a book, stamped "Withdrawn from the Los Angeles County Public Library" in red...
Remedios Varo
MEXICAN FINE ARTS CENTER MUSEUM The idiosyncratic and evocative work of Remedios Varo (1908-63) constitutes a superb but little-recognized episode in the history of Surrealism. This exhibition of seventy paintings and drawings, organized by the...
Richard Misrach
CURT MARCUS GALLERY Since 1983, Richard Misrach's ongoing photographic explorations of the American desert have been organized into bodies of work he calls cantos. Misrach feels that his images, like Ezra Pound's poems, are "free-associative," and...
Roberta Silva
STUDIO CASOLI As communication spreads via the Internet and computers, the resistance to declaring one's emotional horizons crumbles. This is not "postmodern neo-romanticism," but rather the freedom to give shape, symbol, interpretation to the tie...
Robert Lucander
CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS Among Europeans, Finnish culture stands for melancholy and despair, for the emotional awkwardness portrayed in the films of the Kaurismaki brothers. And for unrestrained drinking. In Robert Lucander's paintings, by contrast,...
Rosa Loy
ENTWISTLE "What is the flesh? What is the physical being of man? What exactly is he made of? Tell us this afternoon, Herr Hofrat, tell us exactly, and once and for all, so that we may Know" demands Hans Castorp, protagonist of Thomas Mann's The...
Schooled for Scandal
PURVEYOR OF SCANDAL-FOR-SCANDAL'S-SAKE OR SCREAM THERAPIST PURGING THE PATIENT? MOST OF US DON'T KNOW PAUL MCCARTHY WELL ENQUAH TO SAY: THE WEST COAST PERFORMANCE LEGEND HAS MANAGED TO ELUDE THE RETROSPECE RADAR IN AMERICA. THE THAT CHANGES THIS MONTH,...
Slater Bradley
TEAM/P.S. 1 The centerpiece of Slater Bradley's second solo show in New York was a trio of short videos simultaneously projected on three walls of Team's front room. The Laurel Tree (Beach), 2000, features actress Chloe Sevigny standing on an empty...
Splatter Fest
IT'S CUSTOMARY TO KICK OFF a review of an artist's biopic with a few chuckling asides about classic cinematic representations of artistic genius, like Lust for Life (Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh!) and The Agony and the Ecstasy (Chariton Heston as Michelangelo!)....
Stickup Artist
THE ART OF PIERRE HUYGHE IN THE END, JOHN WOJTOWICZ'S STORY WAS TOO GOOD TO RECOUNT JUST ONCE. ITS FIRST TELLING CAME IN 1975, VIA THE SIDNEY LUMET-DIRECTED MOVIE DOG DAY AFTERNOON, STARRING AL PACINO AS WOJTOWICZ, the gay bank robber whose heist...
The Prinzhorn Collection
DRAWING CENTER, NEW YORK It was 1920 when Hans Prinzhorn wrote to asylums in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland informing them that he intended to assemble "drawings, paintings and sculptures by the mentally ill, which are not merely copies or memories...
Thomas Locher
KLEMENS GASSER & TANJA GRUNERT Conventions of communication have long been the subject of Thomas Locher's art. His methodology is rooted in interrogation and analysis, and his impulse is to deconstruct language, treating it as concrete, pliable...
Top Ten
1. MORGAN FISHER, "PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS" The ex-filmmaker and chronic dabbler's treatise on smart painting, copy photography, and orthographic drawing (recently delivered at a variety of institutions in Los Angeles) is a reconnaissance mission for...
Udomsak Krisanamis
GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE Udomsak Krisanamis lives, paints, and golfs in upstate New York. He is originally from Thailand--which is what the cellophane rice noodles that snake up and down the surfaces of his collage paintings refer to, right? Well,...
Vanessa Beecroft
DEITCH PROJECTS The creepily lifelike sculptures of photo-realists like Duane Hanson or John De Andrea permit prurient curiosity: You're allowed to stare, to note bodily imperfections (and perfections) in a way that would seem impermissible in the...
"Voila"
MUSEE D'ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE Unlike most thematic exhibitions, which in their attachment to illustrating an idea become mired in a fairly colorless systematic display, "Voila: LeMonde dans la tete" (Voila: The world in mind) stood out for its...
Weimin Huang
LANCE FUNG GALLERY Weimin Huang's paintings are at once subdued and stunning: subtly luminous vertical lines, of various lengths and widths but all more or less narrow and self-contained, suspended in a grisaille field. The lines sometimes extend...
Zaha Hadid
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART The Baghdad-born, London-based architect Zaha Hadid is one of the most important contemporary exponents of sculptural architecture. This term--which became prevalent at the beginning of the twentieth century--is most...